Spacecraft Mission News (English, German) – 03.08.2017

Front Page / Titelseite

Perfect 10: the lightweight Vega orbits OPTSAT-3000 and Venµs...
For the second time this year – and the 10th overall since entering service in 2012 – Vega has successfully launched a payload from the Spaceport, with this lightweight vehicle’s latest…
Video: Vega ups to 10/10 with successful Nighttime Launch from...
Europe’s Vega rocket lifted off from the ZLV Launch Site at the Guiana Space Center at 1:58:33 UTC on August 2, 2017 – heading off on a multi-orbit mission with a pair of Israeli-built…
Arianespace: Vega startet erneut zu erfolgreicher Mission
Die leichtgewichtige Rakete hat die beiden Überwachungssatelliten OPTSAT-3000 und Venus am Dienstag in die sonnensynchrone Umlaufbahn gebracht. Seit der Inbetriebnahme 2012 war es der…
Where Will the Space Launch System Take Us? Preparing For The...
NASA is in an awkward in-between time right now. Since the beginning of the space age, the agency has had the ability to send its astronauts into space. The first American to go to space,…
Soyuz MS-05 Launched to the ISS
Soyuz Launches to the International Space Station With Expedition 52/53 Crew (With video) “ About four minutes prior to launch, the space station flew over the launch site and was flying…
New Crew Arrives at Space Station After Speedy 6-Hour Trip
A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a crew of three linked up with the International Space Station on Friday (July 28), doubling the orbiting lab’s population and kicking off a five-month mission…
Videos: Soyuz Launch Day Activities & Sunset Liftoff
Russia’s trusted Soyuz FG rocket blasted off at sunset on Friday, thundering off on a nine-minute climb into orbit with a three-man crew from Russia, the U.S. and Italy.
New Crew Docks to Station
The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft docked to the International Space Station at 5:54 p.m. EDT while both spacecraft were flying over Germany. Aboard the space station, Expedition 52 Commander…
Russian-U.S.-Italian Crew Trio Arrives at ISS after Express...
A Russian Commander and Flight Engineers from the U.S. and Italy lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at sunset on Friday, riding a Soyuz FG rocket into orbit to embark on an express…
Three-man crew reaches International Space Station
file image A three-man space crew from Italy, Russia and the United States on Friday arrived at the International Space Station for a five-month mission Friday. Footage broadcast by…
Internationale Raumstation : Neue Crew-Mitglieder erreichen ISS
Wie die Raumfahrtbehörde Nasa mitteilte, sind nun wieder sechs Personen an Bord der internationalen Raumstation. Die Sojus-Rakete war zuvor vom kasachischen Weltraumbahnhof Baikonur aus…

Feature – Cassini’s Grand Finale

Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Timeline
Cassini is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration. A joint endeavour of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, Cassini is a sophisticated spacecraft exploring the…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Where is Cassini Now?
The maximum speed clocked by Cassini was 98,346 mph (44 kilometers per second) relative to the sun on June 25, 1999. Relative to Saturn, the spacecraft reached 68,771 mph (30.7 kilometers…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Overview
After almost 20 years in space, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft begins the final chapter of its remarkable story of exploration: its Grand Finale. Between April and September 2017, Cassini will…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Orbit Guide
In Cassini’s Grand Finale orbits – the final orbits of its nearly 20-year mission – the spacecraft travels in an elliptical path that sends it diving at tens of thousands of miles per hour…
Cassini Significant Events 7/19/17 - 7/25/17
This week happened to include two of Cassini’s periapses, along with their associated close-in passages through Saturn’s equatorial ring plane, which occur once every 6.5 days. Each time,…
Cassini Spots `Ghostly Curtains of Light` Near Saturn`s South...
The Cassini spacecraft at Saturn recently observed a light show on the planet’s southern hemisphere: auroras, glittering in the gaseous atmosphere. Similar to auroras on Earth, Saturn’s…
Saturn`s Surprising Rings: The Fascinating Mysteries Cassini Has...
Before the Cassini-Huygens mission, scientists weren’t sure how old Saturn’s rings are, what they’re made of, how they change, how thick they are, how fast they move, how big the ring…
Cassini: Mission to Saturn: Raw Images
Cassini is one of the most ambitious efforts in planetary space exploration. A joint endeavour of NASA, ESA and the Italian space agency, Cassini is a sophisticated spacecraft exploring the…
Good Old Summer Time
Saturn’s northern hemisphere reached its summer solstice in mid-2017.
Haze on the Horizon
This false-color view from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft gazes toward the rings beyond Saturn’s sunlit horizon.

International Spacestation (ISS) /

Internationale Raumstation

Trio Ready to Begin Space Mission Lasting till Mid-December
Trio Ready to Begin Space Mission Lasting till Mid-December
It is less than one day before three new International Space Station crew members start a 4-1/2 month mission in space. The trio from Russia, United States and Italy will launch aboard the…
Two Days and Counting After Crew Rocket Rolls Out to Pad
The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft that will launch three new crew members to the International Space Station has rolled out to its launch pad in Kazakhstan. The rocket was carted slowly by train…
Photos: Soyuz Launches at Sunset with Three International Crew...
Russia’s trusted Soyuz FG rocket blasted off at sunset on Friday, thundering off on a nine-minute climb into orbit with a three-man crew from Russia, the U.S. and Italy.
VITA: Paolo Nespolis dritter Besuch auf der ISS
Dieser dritte Raumflug Nespolis ist auch sein dritter Besuch auf der ISS. Während eines Flugs mit dem Space Shuttle 2007 und eines fünfmonatigen ISS-Aufenthalts 2011 hat er bereits 174…
Astronauts Look at Ways to Prevent Space Headaches and Bone Loss
The crew today researched ways to alleviate headaches and reverse bone loss in space to improve mission performance. Meanwhile, the station’s three newest residents also checked out station…
Wie kommt die ISS auf ihre Geschwindigkeit?
Die einzelnen Komponenten der Internationalen Raumstation ISS wurden mit Raumschiffen in den entsprechenden Orbit gebracht und dort montiert. Dadurch hatten sie zunächst einmal schon die…

Earth / Erde

Proba-V monitors African Sahel
ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite reveals the seasonal changes in Africa’s sub-Saharan Sahel, with the rainy season allowing vegetation to blossom between February (top) and September…
Re-Entry: Flock 2E-8
Planet’s Flock 2E-8 Earth-imaging satellite re-entered the atmosphere on July 25, 2017 – decaying 14 months after being released from the International Space Station to join Planet’s…
NASA to observe asteroid flyby to test planetary defense...
Washington: A small asteroid that is expected to fly close to the Earth will provide NASA an opportunity to test its network of observatories and systems for planetary defense, scientists…
@dlr_de: Beeindruckend! Die...
Beeindruckend! Die Satellitenaufnahme des Supertaifuns #Noru. Gesehen vom japanischen #Himawari8-Satellit (30.7 bis 31.7) #Erdbeobachtung https://t.co/wf09eLIEtR

Solar System / Sonnensystem

Venus: Blick in die turbulente Atmosphäre
Die Venus wird oft als der Zwillingsplanet der Erde bezeichnet, da beide über eine ähnliche Größe, Oberflächenbeschaffenheit und ein komplexes Wettersystem verfügen. Mehr haben die…
Mars 2030: What It Was Like to Explore the Red Planet in Virtual...
In „Mars 2030,“ players get to land on the Red Planet, explore a realistic future habitat on the surface and dig into the history of the planet’s landmarks in immersive 3D. The game is…
Catalog Page for PIA21748
Dawn’s mission is managed by JPL for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate’s Discovery Program, managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight…
Catalog Page for PIA21775
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Juno mission for the principal investigator, Scott Bolton, of Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. Juno is part of NASA’s New Frontiers…
ISRO`s 2018 moon missions: Team Indus and Chandrayaan-2;...
Apart from Team Indus, a US team (Moon Express), an Israeli team (SpaceIL) and an international team (Synergy Moon) have also procured launch contracts. A PSLV rocket will take Team Indus’…

Beyond Solar System / Milchstraße & Kosmos

ESA Science & Technology: Galactic David and Goliath [heic1712]
The gravitational dance between two galaxies in our local neighbourhood has led to intriguing visual features in both as witnessed in this new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image. The…
Magnetic Map of Milky Way
The magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy as seen by the Planck satellite, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA contributions. This image was compiled from the first…

Politics / Politik

Russia, US will continue space co-operation despite earthly...
Roscosmos, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) all understand that if co-operation breaks down, it will seriously affect each other’s work, the head of Russia’s Federal Space Agency…
Is TrumpSpace Just Another Journey To Nowhere?
„Even Trump’s space policy adviser for his campaign and transition says getting a man or woman on the face of Mars by 2024 is virtually impossible. „I don’t think you’ll get there [to…
PressTV-US fumes over Iran`s latest space achievement
The United States is fuming over Iran’s successful test of a satellite-launch rocket, saying it appeared to be a violation of UN Security Council resolutions. „We consider that to be…

Technology / Technologie

TESS Has A Hubble Problem But NASA Will Launch It Anyway
Cameras on NASA exoplanet spacecraft slightly out of focus, Space News „NASA confirmed July 26 that the focus of the four cameras on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS)…
Cameras on NASA exoplanet spacecraft slightly out of focus -...
WASHINGTON – Cameras recently installed on a NASA spacecraft designed to look for nearby exoplanets will be slightly out of focus once launched, but the agency said that will not affect the…
Elon Musk Says SpaceX`s First Falcon Heavy Launch Will Lift Off...
SpaceX’s new megarocket, the massive Falcon Heavy, will make its launch debut in November, according to the company’s founder and CEO Elon Musk. In Twitter and Instagram statements late…
NASA`s Webbcam Shows Webb Telescope Chilling in Chamber A
The temperature of Chamber A at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is steadily dropping, creating a frigid environment for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope that is in stark contrast to…
Jeff Bezos Makes Instagram Debut in Wild Blue Origin Rocket...
Jeff Bezos sure knows how to make an entrance. The billionaire Amazon CEO and founder of the private spaceflight company Blue Origin joined Instagram Thursday (July 20) in a truly novel…

Entertainment / Unterhaltung

Katy Perry texts Buzz Aldrin ahead of space-themed MTV Video...
Spread the loveKaty Perry has reportedly been texting Buzz Aldrin ahead of her gig hosting the space-themed MTV Video Music Awards.

World / Welt

Neil Armstrong`s gold Apollo lunar module model stolen from Ohio...
A rare gold model of an Apollo lunar module gifted to Neil Armstrong shortly after the first moon landing in 1969 has been stolen from the Ohio museum that bears the astronaut’s name….
Senate restores funding for NASA Earth science and satellite...
WASHINGTON – An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee July 27 would restore funding for several NASA Earth science missions slated for termination by the administration as well…
"Raumfahrt ist nur dann erfolgreich, wenn wir sie gemeinsam...
Der deutsche ESA-Astronaut Matthias Maurer im DLR-Interview Dr. Matthias Maurer wurde am 18. März 1970 in St. Wendel im Saarland geboren. Er bewarb sich 2008 in der letzten Runde des…
Iran Announces First Successful Simorgh Test Launch
Iran this week launched its largest carrier rocket successfully for the first time, Iran’s official news agency reported on Thursday, marking a potential major step in the country’s ongoing…
Vega Rocket set for Tuesday Night Liftoff with Satellites for...
Europe’s Vega rocket stands ready for a nighttime liftoff from the edge of the Amazon jungle Tuesday night carrying a pair of satellites built in Israel for operation by the Italian defence…
Re-Entry: Long March 3A Rocket Body from first Beidou MEO Launch
A Long March 3A rocket stage re-entered the atmosphere on July 18, 2017 after over one decade in orbit, making a very slow decay from a Medium Earth Transfer Orbit.

Science / Wissenschaft

Mars Exploration Program: NEWS
Steps forward in the search for life beyond Earth can be as simple as sending a balloon into the sky. In one of the most unique and extensive eclipse observation campaigns ever attempted,…
"Unser Sonnensystem" - Faszination Weltraum ansprechend...
Unglaubliche Weiten, ferne und fremde Welten, ungelöste Geheimnisse – unser faszinierendes Sonnensystem. Werden wir Leben auf dem Mars finden? Wie sieht es auf den Eismonden der großen…
ESA Science & Technology: Gravity waves detected in Sun`s...
Scientists using the ESA/NASA SOHO solar observatory have found long-sought gravity modes of seismic vibration that imply the Sun’s core is rotating four times faster than its surface.
Astronomers Discover "Heavy Metal" Supernova Rocking Out
Many rock stars don’t like to play by the rules, and a cosmic one is no exception. A team of astronomers has discovered that an extraordinarily bright supernova occurred in a surprising…

History / Geschichte

DGLR: Blick zurück: 25 Jahre MIR`92 und 20 Jahre MIR`97
Das Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) war federführend an beiden Missionen beteiligt: Die Projektleitung inklusive der Auswahl der wissenschaftlichen Experimente hatte die…
Warum die NASA einen historischen Schatz für immer vernichtete
Ein Schrotthändler aus Pittsburgh staunte nicht schlecht, als er im Keller eines verstorbenen Ingenieurs auf 325 Magnetbandspulen und zwei gigantische Computer stieß. Noch überraschter…
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